On October 30, union members from across the country will be inOttawato lobby MPs against the passage of a bill that would be harmful to all union members inCanada. The anti-union Bill C-377 would require unions to make detailed financial reports to RevenueCanadathat no other association is required to make. CMG opposes the bill as a threat to worker organizing, and is encouraging members to talk to their MP this week in support of a lobbying campaign by the Canadian Labour Congress. Below are more details and the list of ridings being targeted in the campaign.
The bill is an attack on unions:
– Under Bill C-377, sponsored by Conservative MP Russ Hiebert, unions would have to report financial information that the Prime Minister’s Office doesn’t even report;
– the government would have to pay people to collect, process and audit the reports from the 25,000 labour organizations in Canada, diverting resources from important public programs at a time when the government is talking about massive cuts;
– unions would have to hire people to prepare the reports, diverting precious resources from defending our members’ rights;
– employers would get extremely detailed info about unions, including what resources we are devoting to defending collective agreements and organizing new members … and could use this info to undermine our efforts
CMG also believes the bill is hypocritical:
– Although the bill would require information on everyone who receives a payment from a union (employees, officers, suppliers, etc.) the government recently declined to reveal how much staffers in the Prime Minister’s Office are paid with public money because it would violate their privacy;
– although Law Societies and medical and other associations are also member-funded and member-run organizations whose members get a tax deduction for dues, just like unions, these organizations would not be subject to the law;
– those pushing for this law are not union members, who already have access to detailed information on how their dues are being spent. No. The groups who want this legislation represent employers, including the Merit Shop Contractors, who resist union efforts to use properly trained and qualified tradespeople, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Fraser Institute.
CLC members are focusing their efforts on the below MPs. If you live in one of these ridings, please make a special effort to contact your MP and ask him or her to vote against the bill:
We will keep you posted on developments.